Archive | June 2013

Talks with TED: Try Something New for 30 Days

Well, here I go again… I’m introducing a new series to my blog today! It’s going to be all about the TED Talks I’m loving and think you all will find inspiring, useful, entertaining, etc. Welcome to my new blog series I’m calling “Talks with TED

This first TED Talks is less than four minutes and is really inspiring. The concept is simple; try something new for 30 days. No really, that’s it. Try it. 

Matt Cutts encourages the audience/viewers to add or subtract something from their lives for only 30 days. 

As for me, I had to take a moment and think of one thing I want to add or subtract from my life for 30 days. Here’s what I’ve got so far.

Add

  • Write in gratitude journal
  • Write a short story/essay length story 
  • Practice Spanish

Subtract

  • No Dove chocolates
  • No chewing gum 

I think I’m going to add Spanish and gratitude journaling. I don’t like my subtractions that much.

The challenge begins on Monday, July 1, 2013. I say we take the challenge together and support/encourage each other for 30 days beginning then.

What are you going to add and/or subtract for 30 days? 

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Speech of the Week: Bill Nye the Science Guy

I came across a clip of this speech last week and couldn’t resist sharing it with you all. I can remember watching Bill Nye the Science Guy in school and having that be one of the highlights of the day. I haven’t really thought much of Bill Nye since those days, but who could forget him.

Bill Nye delivered the 2013 Commencement speech at Lehigh University. He is just as quirky as he was on his television show all of those years ago. His speech was based on encouraging the graduates to change the world.

This is one of the longer speeches and as you listen you can tell that he is a real scientist. Here are several points from his speech:   

  • Change the world
  • Participate in business, science and especially elections
  • Lead the world on new paths – new approaches need to be introduced into the world
  • The key to our future is to find ways to do more with less
  • Everyone you ever meet has a unique experience

After you stop humming, “Bill Nye the Science Guy” take a look at the speech below.

 

Did you used to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy in school?

Me & My Music: MS MR – Hurricane

This post is the start of a new series I’m naming: Me & My Music. This series will bring you a random selection of music that I just love at the moment……

Artist: MS MR

Song: Hurricane

I was out and about and I heard this song. I stopped and had to listen closely. I didn’t recognize the artist or the tune. Luckily, the name of the artist and song were given when the song concluded. I did a quick search and found the video below. I’m now a fan and will be doing some more investigating!

Are you familiar with MS MR or the duos music?

UPDATE – 10/19/2013

Indie Film Alert: Mud

Mud garnered a lot of attention because of Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. It was a big hit at the film festivals and has done exceptionally well in regards to ticket sales. Since I’m an Independent film buff I had to experience this film for myself. 

I have to first note that the trailer does not do this film any justice. From the trailer I was thinking it was going to be more of a criminally charged, cop drama type of film. Another misconception I had was that the star of the film was McConaughey, but the young character, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) made this film great.

The underlying story of this film is a story of love. Love from friends, family and lovers. The film shows that love is sometimes a battle and you have to fight to have it. It was also charged with unconventional friendships and forming bonds to help your fellow man. All of the characters have to face change and how they deal with those changes can mean life or death.

The actors, McConaughey (Mud), Witherspoon (Juniper), Sheridan (Ellis) and Jacob Lofland (Neckbone) deliver performances that are award worthy. Mud, reminds you of  Tom Hanks in Castaway, is the “bad guy” that you’re not sure what side you should take. Juniper is the love interest entangled in Mud’s mess. Ellis, in my opinion the most important character, matures throughout the film. Neckbone, the best friend to Ellis, is very blunt and humorous.

The film is still in limited theaters, but in the meantime check out the trailer below.

Plot: “Mud” is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios—he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.

I recommend you see this film and form your own opinions, but it’s another winner in my book.      

Paula Deen: Crisis Mode & Damage Control

Paula, Paula, Paula Deen. Last week Ms. Paula Deen was making headlines for all of the wrong reasons. It all started with a court deposition going public and the world discovering that Deen used racial slurs. Then she was fired from the Food Network and the experts are beginning to say that she and her brand are done cooking. Like always there is a learning opportunity for your own brand. 

Brand/Image lessons for a crisis:

  • You made a commitment, so show up
    • Deen canceled on an interview because she didn’t want to address the issue. This would have been a great opportunity to face this issue and address the public because everyone would be watching.
  • Apologize and apologize fast
    • I heard that Deen published an apology video, but removed it. Not good. It was good that she posted the video, but removing it only put another wound to her already dying image/brand. 
    • Be sure the apology is sincere and heartfelt. It shouldn’t seem scripted and the public should believe it. 
  • Prepare for the worse
    • The second Deen owned her racial slurs, she and her team should have put a plan in place for this to explode. Your brand should always have a plan/kit to use when crisis strikes. This plan should not be created in the storm of the crisis.
    • Expect the worse and make a plan.

Only time will tell what all of this means for Paula Deen and the Paul Deen brand. I suggest she hires Judy Smith (you know from Scandal).

If the public forgives her she is going to have to continue to do a lot of damage control and prove to the world that she really is a changed person.